Director of Research and Development

Marcus Roberts

Marcus Roberts joined the Maxim Institute as a Senior Researcher in 2022. Marcus has a background in the law, both in practice and academia. After practising in tax and insolvency litigation, he studied for his LLM at the University of Auckland and stayed on at that institution for a number of years, teaching in a variety of core law courses. His research interests include New Zealand’s broader constitutional framework, demographic change and New Zealand’s place in a rapidly changing Pacific and wider world.

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Maxim Internship Manager and Researcher

Natasha Baulis

Natasha and her young family moved from the remote Ikuntji community in Haasts Bluff, NT, to join Maxim Institute in 2022. She comes from a background in anthropology, with six years of experience in the not-for-profit sector in East Africa and several years working in training for political engagement in Australia. She and her husband, David, design engineering solutions for low-resourced communities. She holds degrees in International Studies, Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development, and Anthropology, Art and Human Perception. She is currently completing a PhD at the University of Notre Dame, Australia.


Maryanne Spurdle

Maryanne Spurdle holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of Auckland, a BA in Communications from California State University at Fullerton, and is a World Journalism Institute Fellow. She held a variety of positions before joining Maxim Institute in 2023, writing, editing and designing material for mainstream media and non-profit organisations.
One of Maryanne’s early roles was at a charity that supports vulnerable and homeless adults in the north of England. That experience informed and fuelled her desire to discover and communicate the best ways that families, communities, and governments can encourage human flourishing in a complex world.


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